We went early in June and got a good deal, $695 for 5 days, 4 nights, incl. airfare. Taxi ride to hotel is about 35 minutes through a "poor" part of town, but what major city doesn't have it's bad areas? Check-in at the hotel was quick. Room was nice/clean. View was spectacular....10th floor. Slept with the sliding glass door open every night. Food was plentiful and some dishes were pretty fantastic actually. We always ate dinner late (after 9pm) and there would still be a good variety of things to eat. Wait staff was super friendly. The "sports bar" is weak...don't bother.The beach is beautiful and peaceful at night and we always felt safe on the property. Watch out for jelly fish! I got stung and spent a few hours in pain.The pools were cleaned every morning and so was the beach. The hotel was a lil crowded with the "locals", but what do you expect? It's like going to Disneyland and being surprised to see "locals". The ride into the city on the pulmonias (golf cart like taxis) is a must do! About a 20min ride. The people are friendly and the area felt safe. We walked around for miles without feeling like we had to watch our backs....even through local neighborhoods. Went on a city tour which was a lil "boring", but definitely a good way to get your feel around town. Our only complaint, the rooms have paper thin walls. A much younger crowd arrived on Friday night for the weekend and it was like being stuck with kids on spring break. Luckily we left Saturday. Overall, we had a really wonderful time for the price we paid. So much so, we're returning in November!
- Also Known As:
- Riu Emerald Bay Mazatlan
- Riu Emerald Bay Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening summer 2009 * 12 km / 7.45 miles from Mazatlan, overlooking the Pacific Ocean * Located on Playa Las Brujas beach * Complimentary sun loungers on the beach * 20-story main building * Surrounded by 13.500 m2 / 16.15 sq. yards of lush gardens * 10 km / 6.2 miles from various shops * 12 km / 7.45 miles from Mazatlan * 32 km / 19.87 miles from the airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more less
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